Starting from Back Beach the walkway follows the Herekawe Stream and features bridges criss-crossing the stream and beautiful native bush.
Grade: Easy to Medium, the track is mostly unsealed path (with some area hardened off with metal)
The walkway follows the Herekawe Stream. You can access this walkway from Manadon Street or the Back Beach car park. The gradient of the walkway gradual increases from the coast and ends in steps at Manadon Street.
Car parking is available at Back Beach and in Manadon Street.
Road user rules apply on our walkways so cyclists must wear helmets.
The Herekawe Stream Walkway Project was initiated in 2002. The project had three aims; to establish an all-weather walkway along the Herekawe Stream to link inland residential areas with the coast, to re-establish natural habitat through the planting of native trees, and to provide a recreational facility for the Taranaki community.
The project was launched in 2004. It began with with weed control and the fencing of more than 1,500m of riparian margins to exclude stock from neighbouring farms. Over 6,000 native trees were planted by more than 800 community volunteers.
The Herekawe Walkway Grand Opening was celebrated in January 2007. It marked the result of a four year commitment to this unique community project. A television documentary was filmed to showcase the project as a successful example of team work between industry, councils and the community to enhance their local environment.
A subsequent grant from the TSB Community Trust allowed bridges to be built over stream crossings to ensure an all-weather surface for the walkway.
The key partners were Dow Agrosciences, Methanex New Zealand Ltd, Shell Todd Oil Services, AJ Cowley, New Plymouth District Council, Taranaki Reginal Council, local iwi, the Taranaki Tree Trust, and the community.
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Page last updated: 02:22PM Mon 20 June 2022